After 19 head-to-head meetings and 21 sports competitions overall in the 2017-18 school year, the Territorial Cup Series between Arizona and ASU will come down to one baseball game Saturday afternoon at Hi Corbett Field.
The Sun Devils’ 10-5 win over Arizona at Hi Corbett Field on Friday night kept ASU’s hopes alive to extend its Territorial Cup Series title streak to five years.
Arizona has 11 points and ASU 10 with the baseball series being the final determination, at least on the field. For a school to be the winner of the Territorial Cup Series trophy, it must accumulate 11 points without the other school reaching 11.
The Wildcats have already beaten the Sun Devils twice in baseball, in Phoenix in March and on Thursday night at Hi Corbett Field. Arizona technically has earned a point in baseball because it is assured at least a split of the four-game season series. If the teams split a regular-season matchup, each team receives a point.
ASU can achieve the split Saturday with a win. If that happens, the Territorial Cup series will be tied 11. Under that scenario, the team with the highest Directors’ Cup standing takes the Territorial Cup Series trophy. ASU is 36th in the Directors’ Cup standings while Arizona is 61st.
So it all comes down to Saturday’s game, which starts at 4:30 p.m. and will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.
Here are the Territorial Cup Series guidelines and 2017-18 results:
— Each sport will be worth one (1) point.
— The point is awarded to the team that wins a season series.
— If the teams play once in a given season (football) then that game counts as one point.
— For baseball and softball, all regular season games count towards season series tally, including the non-conference games.
— For swimming and diving, cross country, golf, and track and field only, one point is awarded to whichever team finishes higher in the Pac-12 Championship.
— If teams split the regular season match-ups, then each team receives a point for that sport.
— In the event of a tie the following tie-breaker will be used: University with higher finish in the Directors’ Cup Standings.
— In the event of a tie after the Directors’ Cup Standings are used the Territorial Cup will end in a tie.